Let me try to make a long story short. The main character is a woman who is taking care of her three-year-old niece after the girl's parents died in a car accident. She has been around the little girl since she was born. She wants to raise her niece but the girl's great aunt and uncle also want custody of her. Since both interested parties are a little removed, a custody battle ensues. For the initial hearing, I keep it very simple. It's pretty much just the involved parties there presenting why they feel like they should receive custody of the girl. The judge listens and then decides on a future date where all of the details will be presented and the case will go from there. The little girl remains in the custody of the main character of my book just because that's where she has been living and it's most familiar so soon after her parents had died. Does this even sound right for the initial hearing? I have ZERO experience in a courtroom and little knowledge about a case like this. Any thoughts or advice? Suggestions on where I should do other research? Thank you so much in advance!